Dancing is a great way to stay active, be social and enjoy yourself at the same time. This is why dance-inspired workouts are gaining popularity.
There is such a wide range of these types of classes and events, that anybody can find one to suit their taste and their physical fitness level.
From high-intensity Zumba classes to much more relaxed ballroom dancing, you can find the right dance-inspired activity to keep you fit and active and enjoy all the benefits of dancing – physical and psychological.
Here are some of the benefits of dancing
This intensive activity is an excellent aerobic exercise which has a great benefit for your cardiovascular conditioning which according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute can help lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension and is also great for weight loss and improving the strength of your muscles and bones. Also, dancing requires working on your balance, coordination and overall plus which is definitely a benefit too.
Apart from the physical benefits, there are numerous emotional and psychological benefits as well. Dancing is an enjoyable activity which will induce your endorphin production and will make you feel less stressed and happier. You will soon find that you are less fatigued and have a surge of confidence and a better mood during and after the dancing classes.
Studies have found that dancing helps improve the energy levels and helps benefit the memory which is essential for counteracting against the memory problems associated with aging. So, if you want to lower your risk of dementia and other memory-related problems – put those dancing shoes on and hop on the dance floor!
How to get started
Choose a dance form which is the most suitable one given your current fitness level and abilities. It is recommended that you start with a lower intensity and easier beginners class at first in order to gradually work on improving your flexibility, balance and overall fitness. Also, jumping into a high-intensity advanced dance class can be frustrating and even more it can actually pose a risk of injury or other negative effects on your body and mind, so take it easy.
You can lose weight and get into shape if you go to your dance classes on a regular basis. The calories burned in a high-intensity dance class are about 250 calories per 30 minutes of dancing, for lower intensity rhythmic dancing such as ballroom dancing the calories you can burn is about 130 per 30 minutes. In fact, you can burn as many calories from dancing as you will from jogging for the same period of time.